Rajanna-Sircilla: IT and Municipal Administration Minister K T Rama Rao on Wednesday asserted that Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao’s decision to go in for market-driven regulated farming in the State was to ensure that farmers rake in the profits, and that it should not be misconstrued as some diktat for the ryots to follow. “He is only asking farmers to cultivate crops have demand in the market besides commanding a good price,” he said.
Addressing a gathering after offering Jala Harathi to Godavari water at Badankal Tank in Mustabad mandal, he said agriculture in the State will scale new heights with the implementation of regulated farming. “Farmers should get more than the Minimum Support Price for their crops, and that is the Chief Minister’s aim,” he said, adding that opposition leaders, however, were trying to give it a twist by spreading false propaganda that the government was planning to do away with Rythu Bandhu assistance to farmers.
“Not only Rythu Bandhu, farmers will continue to enjoy the benefits of various other schemes. In fact, more farmers would be added to the list of beneficiaries under Rythu Bandhu,” he said, adding that no other Chief Minister has ensured such benefits for the farmers in the State. Rythu Vedikas will also help bring farmers together and ensure high yields through discussion on various innovative farming methods, he added.
Commenting on Congress leaders’ proposed Jala Diksha at Narmala tank on June 13, the Minister wondered why the Congress could not fill the tank in the past 60 years. Promising to complete Narmala tank by Dasara, Rama Rao said the government was looking at a triangular plan to lift Mid Manair Reservoir water to Mallanna Sagar then on to Narmala tank through canals at a cost of Rs 1,000 crore. “The Congress leaders, unable to accept the fact that the TRS government was filling tanks and lakes by completing all irrigation projects, is now trying to misguide the farmers,” he said.
Expressing happiness over Godavari water reaching Badankal dry land area, the Minister said for the first time in the last 50 years, tanks were overflowing even in the hot summer season. The Andhra rulers used to mock the people of Telangana on their ability to produce food, and now, the State is virtually providing food to the nation and that should come as a slap on their faces, Rama Rao said.
Filling tanks and ponds was the main aim of the Chief Minister, he said, and pointed out that Thangallapalli rivulet used to bone dry even in rainy seasons. But now, water would be available in rivulet throughout the year. “Not only Thangallapalli vagu, 666 tanks in the district were filled with water. As a result, the ground water table has scaled up to 6 meter height following filling of Mid Manair with Godavari water. It was a record in the entire country. It has been taught to trainee IAS officers in Mussorie,” he said.
Expressing confidence that two crops could be produced without depending on electricity, he said nobody thought that water would reach their localities in such a short period after formation of Telangana State. “Godavari water, which is located at 82 meter above the sea level at Medigadda, has been lifted to Kondapochamma, located at 618 meter height. In order to strengthen rural economy, government was going ahead to achieve five revolutions,” he pointed
Water revolution would be materialised with the completion of Kaleshwaram, Palamuru-Rangareddy and Sitarama irrigation projects. Government was planning to achieve second green revolution by supplying water to 1.25 crore acres.
Rama Rao, said that “people of all caste occupations would get employment if sufficient water was available in tanks. There would not be any problems if all 46,000 tanks of state were filled.Pink revolution was possible with the production of fish and prawn, Minister said and informed to provide buffalos and cows to each family. The strength of sheep has been enhanced by supplying sheep to Yadava community people.”
Minister stated that central government has also agreed that Telangana was in top position in the production of meat and poultry.
Rama Rao laid foundations for construction of Rythu Vedhika building in different mandals.
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